Lincoln Hotel

, Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Lincoln Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 71

Eastgate - Lincoln - England - LN2 1PN - United Kingdom 44 01522520348
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Food was Amazing - hotel not bad .....

from L.UKUk
The hotel is in a great location - directly across from the beautiful cathedral. It used to be a Posthouse hotel - and from the outside it still looks so dated that it could almost still be one - but inside looked much better. Nice reception area, friendly staff, very dated corridors - a more subtle colour scheme would help tremendously here - and the rooms were okay. We had a cathedral view room with balcony ... nice view, good air condtioning, nice (but small) bathroom, very comfy bed - balcony was terrible not worth paying extra for. The room was clean - just not worth the money paid in my opinion.

We dined in the restaurant on a Saturday evening and it was a shame that it was so quiet. The food sounded very fancy on the menu - but the staff were excellent in describing exactly what it was and stressed that the chef would accommodate different requests if preferred. We ordered from the menu, and the food was amazing! It was as good as some of the best restaurants in London - and at a great price too! We would definitely go back to dine there - but may not stay unless the hotel was refurbed. It wouldn't take much - just spruce up the outside, the corridors and the awful balconies.

t believe the website

from Squirrel51
After looking at the Lincoln Hotel's website, we thought we were in for a treat. The site showed bedrooms decorated in classy boutique hotel style and a chic bar. The reality was very different. Wisely, the site does not show the outside of the hotel, which resembles a condemned sixties office block. Inside, the newly refurbished bar already looks very shabby. Four of us were staying in four separate rooms and none bore any resemblance to those pictured. My room - a single - was in the old part of the building. A scratchy blanket, a duvet that didn't quite fit the bed, a single bar electric heater and paint flaking from the ceiling took me right back to my college days - except that in my college days, I was paying roughly a tenth of the price to shiver all night in a hovel.

The hotel's saving grace is its staff, who were all very helpful and friendly - especially in the restaurant. But, really, someone should put the Trades Description people onto the person who set up that website!

Nice stay

from L22
Stayed here on a saturday night. Very helpful and friendly receptionists. The room was small but functional, a little bit dated on the decor but fine. Shower excellent. The room was booked through and paid £79 inc breakfast. Breakfast was fantastic and plenty of it!

great location

from perkins99
We stayed for one night for a birthday treat, spending two days in Lincoln. The hotel is directly opposite the Cathedrale and a lot of the rooms have a cathedrale view - try to ask for one when you check in. Our room was small but clean with a new flat screen tv and new bathroom. The corridors and stairs/lift were a bit dated but still clean. Our rate included dinner and breakfast and the food was lovely. Breakfast was full english and continental and plenty to choose from. Dinner had a lot of variety and was good quality. Bar drinks were expensive - as you would expect in a hotel. The best thing about this hotel were the staff - they were the friendliest and most helpful. The location was great as it was minutes away from the castle, cathedral and the shops. From the top of the hill [where the hotel is based] you can walk down to the main shopping area which was a lot bigger than we imagined. Local buses can bring you back up in the hill if you are not up to it but the lovely tea shops made us walk up! Overall, a lovely hotel and fantastic location.

A little history!

from Bouff
I have known this Hotel for many many years.

When I first knew it it was a Trust House Forte Hotel. That chain was sadly taken over by Granada and things went down hill thereafter, not only in respect of Hotels but also Little Chef roadside restaurants and Travelodge's.

The Lincoln Hotel was originally The Eastgate and then became a Post House which was aimed at business travellers.

This Hotel is now in private ownership. I have noticed over the past few years that refurbishment is being undertaken albeit slowly, presumably as cash flow allows. The somewhat open plan reception, restaurant and lounge area have now been refurbished and I understand the rooms at the front which overlook the cathedral have also been upgraded.

The majority of the bedrooms however are still awaiting a refurb.. These rooms are compact but have almost everything that is needed. Some more information in the rooms about both the Hotel and the City would not come amiss together with just a few more amenities. The bathrooms are somewhat tired but that said they are clean and at least the bath towels are bath towels and not oversized hand towels as are found in some establishments.

The staff could be just a bit friendlier and I was amazed to learn that reception could not provide either a sewing kit or a plaster. This is apparently due to strict interpretation of the ridiculous UK Health & Safety laws.

One thing that has definitely improved in the past couple of years or so is the restaurant. The buffet breakfast is good and adequately staffed. We also enjoyed a very good value and substantial bar meal at lunchtime.

This establishment is very well located although light sleepers should be warned that the Cathedral clock chimes every quarter of an hour from 7 a.m.. All I can say to that is that the cathedral has been there since the 13th century!! The Hotel is adequate and improving slowly.

Terrible Saturday Night Stay

from ipstraveller
The Good:
Breakfast and the location near the Cathedral
The Bad:
On arrival notices informing no refreshments after 3pm. Reception said this did not refer to residents but when we tried to order food at 5.30pm initially told nothing available and then reluctantly offered a very limited menu (6 items).
Two large private parties occupied all the public areas of the hotel. No attempt to find alternatives for residents. Load music from parties made sleep impossible before 12.30am.
Party goer activated fire alarm at 2am Sunday morning, 30 minutes spent outside on a very cold windy night. Once back in room fire alarm sounded again around 2.45am.
Apart from notice in reception no apology offered when settling the bill.
The Ugly:
Expensive, small rooms in need of freshening up.

we LOVED it here!

from retired and travlin
,,,from the moment we got there we loved it,,,,large room,,,,,very nice staff ,excellent bar and restraunt,,,the breakfasts were good and we were able to get around town very easily, we really liked it there and we will be returning with friends in 2008.

Pretty Decent

from unspecified
A number of people seem to be complaining about the rooms, but it depends what you get - I was in the old wing, and the room was very comfortable and the oldness added to the charm.

Breakfasts weren't great (limited choice), but the restaurant environment is nice - overlooking the Cathedral (although you're right next to it - calling it a 'view' is a bit of an overstatement).

Location is good for the Cathedral and the old town parts. Bad trek up an enormously steep hill if you want to stray down to the waterfront.

All in all - perfectly adequate, and I see no reason not to stay here again. But it's a big hotel, so not the best place if you're looking for something a bit more personal.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Terrific location but a really shabby hotel. We arrived to find a large queue for the reception desk which took 20 minutes until out turn. On our way to the room we passed old food in the corridor and indeed discovered more under the bed. The room was tired and dirty as was the bathroom. The corridors had torn wallpaper and curled carpets. The following morning it seemd the hotel could not cope with a full compliment of guests as we queued for 15 minutes for breakfast. The hotel was understaffed although those that were there put on a brave and pleasant face. For the price of £85 a night, I have stayed at better Youth Hostels for a tenth of the value. I would avoid this hotel unless you genuinely can find no other option. It trades off its location and a scarcity of hotels in Lincoln.

Going Downhill

from Gail65
We have stayed at the Lincoln Hotel twice, in 2003 and 2005. In between it had been updated and lost a lot of any character it had. There used to be a longe bar with some atmosphere but this was removed and replaced with a soulless bar that made you want to go to bed!

The rooms had not changed between visits (a bit shoddy and outdated but a reasonable size and comfortable). Breakfast is good and the breakfast room light and airy. Position is good as well but overall you pay a lot for a disappointing experience. The only problem is that we go at a busy time (we go for motor bike racing but it is August bank holiday weekend and there is also a big concert in the castle) so we will probably end up staying here again if we can't get in anywhere else!

Top Local Tips for Lincoln

getting around always walk everywhere as there are loads of side streets and lovely tea shops!

Ghost walk Spent a week in Lincoln with my girlfriend and the highlight for me was the ghost walk, find out about it in the tourist office beside the castle. The stories are fantastic and the lady who leads the group really instills a sense of fear into you despite the fact your in a large group! I would also recommend a stroll along brayford wharf, there are some nice restaurants and bars there too. If there are any plays on in the theater royale on, take a look, its a beautifully decorated and intimate theater with great acoustics. Take a walk up steep hill, it'll take years off your life, its worth it when you reach the cultural quarter. Take a guided tour of the castle with Horace, a fantastic storyteller. The cathedral is simply awesome, the mere sight of it when your standing close to it is incredible. The artwork and architecture inside is well worth a look at, nice coffee/tea room also.

Good Hotels / Guesthouses Lincoln The Bailhouse and the Tower are excellently located and the staff are great. For business travellers, both have good parking and wi-fi access.

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